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    New: ITC Portfolio of Project Proposals


    Business communities in developing countries request assistance on 80 trade-related projects
    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 4/1999

    Developing and transition economies increasingly participate in the evolving WTO system. These countries, and especially the least developed among them, repeatedly request ITC for practical technical assistance for those who actually do the exporting - the business community.

    ITC's project portfolio is a new resource mobilization approach to meet these needs. The portfolio contains 80 specific, recent requests from business communities in over 60 developing countries.

    Business needs at a glance

    The essence of each project is sketched at a glance: context, rationale, status, duration and budget.

    The projects are grouped geographically, with country, interregional, regional and least developed country (LDC) listings. LDC projects are presented within the context of the Integrated Framework for Trade-related Technical Assistance to LDCs. (The Integrated Framework brings together six international organizations with least developed countries to coordinate trade assistance programmes. See Forum 3/98 for details.)

    The projects respond to client requests for export-related assistance in such areas as finance, quality management, artisanal products, agro-based products, environmental technology, services, packaging, supply chain management and trade information.

    The projects are designed to encourage cost-sharing by beneficiaries - relevant governments, universities, firms or their professional associations. Cost-sharing may take the form of a cash contribution to the project budget or consist of financing local expenditures.